Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: summer camp merit badges
Re: summer camp merit badges
Steven G. Tyler
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 14:55:30 -0400
Regina M. Poulton wrote, in part:
> What is the policy on signing off badges that were started, not finished,
> at summer camp? We have boys come home with blue cards that show they've
> completed 8 of the 9 requirements for a badge, but with no signatures
> since the badge wasn't completed. When the card is taken to a counselor
> he has no clue as to who looked at those 8 requirements and the Scout
> sometimes had to redo his work for the new counselor.
You've put your finger on the real problem with the "partials" that are
customarily given at summer camp, etc. The bottom line is that the final
counselor is the one who must be satisfied -- if s/he is willing to
accept the "partial," in whatever form and with whatever verification is
deemed sufficient, fine; otherwise, the requirements have to be redone.
> Can the Scoutmaster sign at that point when the last requirement is completed?
Well, s/he *can*, but unless the SM is a registered MB counselor for
that badge, that would have no more effect than above. The bottom line
is the same: whatever satisfies the final counselor, and no one can
require that MB counselor to accept any prior work done..
> Our DE suggested that the SM write "notes" to the counselors, but that could be
> quite a bit of writing in a large troop.
.. . . and to no more effect than above.
The only other possibility I can think of would be to make arrangements
for the Scout to finish the final requirement(s) with the original
counselor, by long-distance.
YIS, Steve on Cattail Creek <Steven G. Tyler>, Severna Park, MD, USA
"The Computer Counselor," Technology Consulting for the Law Office
Advancement Chair and de facto Webmaster, Troop 339,
Baltimore Area Council, BSA (http://members.aol.com/troop339/)